Beaver Creek announced today that it opens for the summer this Saturday, June 14 with guided interpretive nature hikes for all ability levels through the specialized Beaver Creek Hiking Center, along with High Mountain Adventure 4X4 Tours and Gem Panning that can be booked through the Summer Adventure Center.
The Beaver Creek Hiking Center will be open daily June 14 through Sept. 1 and weekends only Sept. 6-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With more than 100 years of combined hiking experience on staff, the professional guides share their passion and appreciation for the Colorado Rockies. You can take the complimentary Nature Valley hike with your family, explore the mountain on the Beaver Creek Mountain Hike, or enjoy the Lift and Picnic Hike which includes a hike to Beaver Lake and a picnic lunch.
The Beaver Creek Hiking Center is one of a select number of outfitters that holds a permit to climb Colorado 14ers and their guides can help you climb a 14er this summer. All hikes and tours include transportation, a professional guide, use of Salomon packs and boots, Leki hiking poles, rain gear, drinks and Nature Valley granola bars.
Additional equipment, including child-carrying backpacks, is available to rent. Private tours are also available with a reservation. For more information and a schedule of hiking tours, contact the Beaver Creek Hiking Center at 970-754-5373.
High Mountain 4X4 Adventure Tours on Beaver Creek Mountain provide a unique way to explore the geological beauty of the Rockies and learn more about flora, fauna and wildflowers, while taking in the area’s amazing views with a motorized vehicle.
High Mountain Adventure Tour options:
- 90-minute tour: $55 per person
- Lift & Tour: $65 per person, including lift ticket
- Lunch & Tour: $65 per person, including a $15 summer lunch voucher for Mamie’s
- Lift, Lunch & Tour: $75 per person including scenic ride lift ticket and $15 lunch voucher for Mamie’s
Beaver Creek Kids Day Camp is open weekdays from now through Aug. 29 offering kids 5 to13 an array of suitable outdoor adventures designed specifically to explore, educate and entertain campers all summer long.
Children ages 5 to 7 participate in face painting, pony rides, panning for gold, sports and martial arts. Kids ages 8 to13 experience a changing schedule of challenging activities led by counselors and guides with activities including canoeing, archery, kayaking, swimming and hiking.
The Five Star program features rafting, jeep tours, alpine slide, rock climbing, horseback riding and swimming for 5 to 13-year-olds. For more information, go to www.beavercreek.com or call 970-754-5464 to make a reservation.
Gem Panning gives kids a chance to pan for a variety of rocks, fool’s gold and gems. Located on the lawn adjacent to the Buckaroo Gondola, tickets are $12 and Gem Panning will be offered beginning June 14 from 12-5 p.m. daily.
Explore the mountain on horseback with Beaver Creek Stables, which offers one- and two-hour trail rides, three-hour picnic rides and trail rides to Beaver Lake. Rides are available for ages 7 and up. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 970-845-7770.
The Beaver Creek Tennis Center, located adjacent to the Highlands Lodge in Beaver Creek Village, is open through Sept. 29. The facility features five Har-Tu clay courts and two hard courts, a variety of programs as well as a complete pro shop that specializes in men’s and women’s tennis racquets, attire and accessories.
Beaver Creek offers member and guest play on three championship golf courses at Beaver Creek Golf Club and Red Sky Ranch. All three courses are Audubon Sanctuary Certified. For details on Stay & Play deals at both courses visit www.beavercreek.com.
Nestled at 9,000 feet on the flanks of Larkspur Bowl, Beano’s Cabin offers a unique dining experience Wednesday through Saturday evenings during the summer. You can arrive by horseback for early reservations, or ride a tractor-pulled wagon or shuttle.
Chef Bill Greenwood combines eco-friendly production techniques with his creative flavors, cultivated in his upbringing in his father’s restaurant in Atlanta. Chef Greenwood has garnered national attention showcasing his butchering technique at a variety of events, including Cochon 555 events in Colorado. For Beano’s Cabin reservations call 970-754-3463.
As a result of the Centennial Lift replacement and following the U.S. Forest Service elk calving closure, Beaver Creek’s Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12) will open Tuesday, July 1 for the season.
When it opens, it takes you to the top of Strawberry Park where you can choose to hike the one mile across the ridge down to Mamie’s Mountain Grill for lunch on the scenic deck overlooking McCoy Park, play disc golf on the relocated course, or check the views from the top of the lift. Transportation will also be available to and from Mamie’s. Lunch options will include burgers, reserve steaks, portabella mushroom, asparagus and more.
Due to the modified summer lift activity this year, there will be no lift-served mountain biking offered. Special mountain bike trips may be arranged in conjunction with High Mountain Adventure 4X4 Tours and advance reservations are required. Tours will be based on availability.
Scenic summer lift rides will take place daily July 1 to Sept.1 and then weekends only Sept. 6-28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather-permitting.
Scenic lift rides prices are:
- Adult (ages 13-64) scenic lift ride: $26
- Adult scenic lift ride + lunch: $32 (includes $15 summer lunch voucher for Mamie’s Mountain Grill)
- Senior (age 65+) or Active Military scenic lift ride: $21
- Senior (age 65+) or Active Military scenic lift ride + lunch: $27
- Additional Child: $19 (up to three kids 12 and under ride for free with a paying adult)
- Summer Scenic Ride Pass: $90
2014-2015 season pass holders receive unlimited, free summer scenic lift rides on the Strawberry Park Express. The 2014-2015 Epic Pass is now on sale at www.epicpass.com. The Beaver Creek Summer Adventure Center can be reached at 970-754-5200.